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1/z-renormalization of the mean-field behavior of the dipole-coupled singlet-singlet system HoF_3

Authors
  • Jensen, Jens
Type
Preprint
Publication Date
Dec 15, 1993
Submission Date
Dec 15, 1993
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.49.11833
arXiv ID: cond-mat/9312060
Source
arXiv
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Abstract

The two main characteristics of the holmium ions in HoF_3 are that their local electronic properties are dominated by two singlet states lying well below the remaining 4f-levels, and that the classical dipole-coupling is an order of magnitude larger than any other two-ion interactions between the Ho-moments. This combination makes the system particularly suitable for testing refinements of the mean-field theory. There are four Ho-ions per unit cell and the hyperfine coupled electronic and nuclear moments on the Ho-ions order in a ferrimagnetic structure at T_C=0.53 K. The corrections to the mean-field behavior of holmium triflouride, both in the paramagnetic and ferrimagnetic phase, have been calculated to first order in the high-density 1/z-expansion. The effective medium theory, which includes the effects of the single-site fluctuations, leads to a substantially improved description of the magnetic properties of HoF_3, in comparison with that based on the mean-field approximation.

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